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Top K-Pop industry professionals choose the best songs and groups from 2016

By alice101   Thursday, December 22, 2016   150,415   12,028   527



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StarNews reached out to 22 industry professionals at the top of the Korean entertainment world -- agency presidents, executives, broadcasting studio producers, composers, music producers, and more -- to find out which songs and singers they think were the best in 2016!

Best Artist of 2016

TWICE was selected by 10 of the professionals as the 'most successful group of the year'! This year was their second year in the industry, but "Cheer Up" and "TT" were both huge hits. Their third mini-album also did great in sales and their songs ranked high on all music charts. The "Cheer Up" MV reached 1 million views on YouTube in the shortest time period in the history of K-Pop music videos. 

BTS placed second place with 8 votes from the industry insiders for the most successful group of 2016. Big Bang, EXO, and Zico earned 1 vote each. 

SEE ALSO: Big Bang hits 8 million subscribers on YouTube

Best Songs of 2016

"Cheer Up" was selected as 'The best song of the year' with 11 votes and "TT" was second place with 2 votes. BTS's "Blood Sweat & Tears," Han Dong Geun's "Making a new ending for this Story," and Lee Juk's "Don't Worry" also tied for second place with 2 votes each. Bolbbalgan4's "Galaxy," EXO's "Monster," and Urban Zakapa's "I Don't Love You" all tied for third with one vote each.

Best Rookies of the year

According to these panelists, the best new group of the year was IOI! IOI earned 7 votes and was selected as the best rookies of 2016. TWICE, who debuted in October of 2015, got 3 votes and placed second place. Bolppalgan4 was third place with 2 votes. Kim Se Jung, NCT 127, Black Pink, ASTRO, Jung Seung Hwan, Cosmic Girls, and Momoland each received 1 vote respectively. 

The 22 member Panelist: Kang Tae Kyu (Music Farm), Go Ki Ho (Santa Music), Kim Byun Sun (Jellyfish), Kim Si Dae (Starship), Kim Young Jin (PD from MBC), Kim Tae Song (TS Ent), Kim Tae Hoon (Wings Ent), Na Sung Hoon (Dream T Ent), Ryu Ho Won (Makeus Ent), Park Sung Hoon (PD from SBS), Shinsadong Tiger (Top Producer), Shin Ju Hak (Star Empire), Ahn Duk Geun (Eleven Nine Ent), Yang Min Suk (YG Ent), Lee Yong Gul (How Ent), Lee Joo Won (Happyface Ent), Im In Yong (RBW Ent), Jung Wook (JYP Ent), Jung Chang Hwan (SM C&C), Chae Jong Ju (JJ Holic Media), Choi Jin Ho (Plan A Ent), and Han Sung Ho (FNC Ent).

  1. Big Bang
  2. EXO
  3. (Bangtan Boys) BTS
  4. TWICE
  5. IOI
  6. Black Pink
  7. Momoland

bapeal Sunday, January 8, 2017


SalimatouBalde Saturday, January 7, 2017

Biggest joke of 2016

LveKimTae SalimatouBalde Saturday, January 7, 2017

Awwwww stay salty my dear exol ;)

SalimatouBalde LveKimTae Monday, January 9, 2017

Not salty that EXo is not number one. But, the group that is number should not be number one

ahaxd Monday, December 26, 2016

Guys there is a difference in who is the most succesful and who is the most talented... These professionals answered about success, not talent :) And if you like it or not, Twice and BTS had the most success this year. Groups like Bigbang and EXO had a huge success too, but they have had success before as well, thats why twice and bts had a better year as it was this year they got a lot of recignition. While Exo and Bigbang slayed as they have done before. Like last year was Gfriend, but that doesnt mean Gfriend was the most popular group in 2015, but it was their year to shine, they were successful!

karakamilia Sunday, December 25, 2016

I agree.

beyondordinary Sunday, December 25, 2016

love them all so im happy

TWICElove Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hey,hater should see this film on youtube call "A Valuable Lesson For A Happier Life",then you will know what you doing just in vain and pathetic.

akayi Saturday, December 24, 2016

hahahahaha is really funny

Agua_de_Mar Friday, December 23, 2016

y cuáles serían los criterios? jajajajajaja supongo que solo ven la repercusión mediática y número de ventas... para eso no se necesita ser experto

Haru_ki Agua_de_Mar Friday, December 23, 2016

Pero tambien votaron a canciones no tan mediaticas. Y eligieron algunos grupos que si vendieron mucho pero eso no quita que sean buenos...

Hommie_In_black Friday, December 23, 2016

Omg this comment section... But BTS tho. I'm really happy they getting more and more recognition from professionals and from audience. I'm happy if they make it in 10 place, but 2 place is huge because people in Korea don't really notice them. I don't know why people surprised and salty. These results basically close to given awards at MMA and MAMA.

808b Friday, December 23, 2016

Nice. Now we know the opinion of 22 middle aged men.

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